Afterglow for iOS review: Afterglow exceeds at subtle tweaks to images

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.2
  • Installation and Setup: 8.0
  • Features and Support: 7.0
  • Interface: 10.0
  • Performance: 8.0
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The Good Afterglow for iOS lets you make subtle tweaks to your images and add faux film effects for a unique retro look. While made primarily for Instagram, you have options for opening images in other apps and sharing to other social sites.

The Bad While the effects are intended to be subtle, if the app offers effect sliders, it seems like it should allow for more dramatic changes. You can export to other apps, but it seems like an unnecessary step.

The Bottom Line Afterglow isn't for drastic effects and filters, but if you want to simply improve the look of an image and add afterglow effects, the intuitive controls make this app a great download.

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Afterglow is one of many photo editors at the App Store, but an intuitive control layout, tons of subtle effects, and several sharing options make it an interesting option for tweaking your images. The app's primary focus is posting your altered images to Instagram, but you have plenty of other options for sharing as well. Start by taking a picture with your camera or grabbing an image from your photo library.

Rather than dramatic changes, what Afterglow focuses on is perfecting your image with subtle filters and other tweaks. The interface has buttons across the bottom of the screen for basic color tweaks (saturation and contrast, for example), filters, afterglow effects, and basic tools for cropping, rotating, and flipping the image. You also get a revert button in the lower left if you want to discard all your changes.

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Where to Buy

Afterglow (iOS)

Part Number: id573116090

$0.99

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  • Category Photography and image editing
  • Compatibility iOS
About The Author

Jason Parker has been at CNET for more than 13 years. He is the Senior Editor in charge iOS software and has become an expert reviewer of the software that runs on each new Apple device. He now spends most of his time covering Apple iOS releases and third-party apps.